worthy of being pleased; and everyone who is noble-hearted takes pleasure at making others happy; everyone who is just rejoices at upholding justice and at winning the gratitude of those whose rights are vindicated by punishing the deserving; and every skilful craftsman takes pride in exhibiting his work, at its functioning as he hoped it would function, and at its giving the desired results.
Thus, each of the above-mentioned principles is a fundamental rule which is in force throughout the universe and the world of mankind. Three examples demonstrating that these rules function in the divine names have been explained in the Third Stopping Place of the Thirty-Second Word. It is appropriate to write a summary of them at this point, so we say the following:
For example, an extremely kind, generous, munificent, noble-hearted person who embarks the poor and needy on a large ship, gratifies them with banquets and bounties and sails it in the seas around the world, will watch them happily since he is superior to them, take pleasure at those needy people’s gratitude, rejoice and be pleased at their taking pleasure, and feel proud.
If someone who is merely a distribution official takes such pleasure and delight at holding an insignificant banquet, consider the following: the Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent One embarks all animals and men and countless angels, jinn and spirit beings on the ship of the earth, which is a vessel of that All-Merciful One; He spreads the face of the earth before them as a dominical table laden with varieties of foods, and with delights and sustenance for all the senses; he causes those needy, thankful, grateful and happy creatures to sail the regions of the universe, and not only makes them happy in this world with all these bounties but also makes the bounties tables in the unending banquets in the Paradises of the Eternal Realm. It is therefore the meaning of dominicality alluded to by the divine qualities resulting from the thanks, gratitude, joy and delight of those creatures which look to the Ever-Living and Self-Subsistent One, which we are powerless and not permitted to express, like holy pleasure, sacred pride, and hallowed delight that necessitate this constant activity and ceaseless creativity.
And for example, if a skilful craftsman builds a gramophone that requires no records and it plays just as he wishes, how proud and delighted he will be; he will say to himself: “What wonders God willed!” Seeing that an insignificant piece of art in which there is no true creation engenders a feeling of such pride and pleasure in the craftsman’s spirit, then consider the following: